Lotus classic car collection set for Bonhams sale.

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The Glasius Lotus collection to be sold at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed

19 Mar 2012, 11:49 GMT

It has been announced the Lotus collection of Olav Glasius will be sold on Friday 29th June 2012 at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed, with an expected sale of £1.5million.

Inspired by the domination of Jim Clark in the 1963 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort in a Lotus 25, Glasius became an enthusiast for the British marque. His lifetime passion for race cars and professional life as a Dutch textile industrialist, enabled him to curate probably the largest collection of Lotus products. British owned Bonhams are now showcasing for sale this original collection “so that others can enjoy these wonderful machines”.

Highlighting the 60th anniversary of the Lotus marque, the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed will feature this 24 piece collection covering a remarkable history of innovation and achievement from 1953 to the present day. A highlight of this unique collection is the Team Lotus works Le Mans veteran Type 11s along with an original and unspoiled Formula Junior Lotus 27 and ex-Formula 1/InterContinental Lotus Type 18, now rare and extremely desirable.

The collection also includes Mark VI through Marks VIII and IX and an array of restored and maintained ultra-low mileage road super cars from a Lotus Elite Series II to a Lotus Esprit Turbo.

The sale of the Glasius Lotus Collection provides an insight into the lifetime work of Colin Chapman Lotus Cars’ creator and designer, whilst also offering enthusiasts the opportunity to acquire rare and highly desirable pieces. The collection is also said to feature a trio of prototype/one-off concept cars with interest from organisers of international Concours d’Elegance and design-excellence events.

Demonstrating significant design innovation by Colin Chapman and his dedicated team from the 1950’s to the 1980’s, the Lotus marque has received acclaim from the racing industry and broken records.

James Knight, Group Motoring Director of Bonhams comments “We are both honoured and delighted to have been entrusted with the sale of Olav’s superb collection. The Lotus marque is hugely respected and boasts all the credentials you could wish for: an innovative and charismatic owner in Colin Chapman, one of the finest drivers the sport has ever known in Jim Clark, and manufacturer of sports and racing cars that could take on and beat the best the others could offer. We have enjoyed watching Olav successfully compete with his cars at historic racing events, including Goodwood, and it seems fitting that the collection will be offered for sale at the Festival of Speed where Lotus will be the event’s celebrated marque.”

Doug Nye, Bonhams Motoring Historian and author of some 70 books including several on the Lotus marque enthuses, “There are few teams that encapsulate the romance of the ‘little guys beating the big guys’ better than Team Lotus and Olav Glasius’s remarkable collection, which he has assembled with such love and painstaking care over so many years, truly embodies the essence of what Colin and his successors have been all about.”

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